A bunch of brainy, detail-oriented folks have been putting their heads together to ensure smart grid interoperability, as required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).
Based on standards developed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the smart grid team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has identified consensus standards in key areas that can ensure robust smart grids. These standards focus on common information models, common data formats, ease of information exchange, and cyber security of communication protocols.
NIST has requested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approve the proposed standards. Learn more about them in NIST's letter to the chairman of the FERC and this detailed summary. There's also a report about the smart grid cybersecurity standards.
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